Census to release new health insurance numbers

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Census Bureau will release new figures this week on how many Americans have health insurance and live in poverty.

That means Texans will see if their state continues to rank among the worst in the nation.

Last year's figures showed that 25 percent of Texans do not have health insurance despite one of the strongest economies in the country. About 6 million in 2011 didn't have coverage.

The bureau will also release the latest income and poverty statistics from the American Community Survey on Thursday. Texas has consistently had one of the highest poverty rates in the nation -- 18.5 percent living below the poverty level in 2011 -- despite lower-than-average unemployment. More than a quarter of all Texas children lived in poverty in 2011.

  

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